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an ace up one's sleeve

Definition of an ace up one's sleeve

  1. :  a powerful and often secret weapon, advantage, etc., that can be used if it is needed <The mayor's popularity among elderly voters gives him an ace up his sleeve for the coming election.>



Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  a die face marked with one spot

    :  a playing card marked in its center with one pip

    :  a domino end marked with one spot

  1. :  to score an ace against (an opponent)

    :  to make (a hole in golf) in one stroke

    :  to gain a decisive advantage over :  defeat

  1. :  of first or high rank or quality

  1. :  in or into a higher position or level

    :  away from the center of the earth

    :  from beneath the ground or water to the surface

  1. :  risen above the horizon

    :  standing

    :  being out of bed

  1. : used as a function word to indicate motion to or toward or situation at a higher point of

    :  up into or in the

    :  in a direction regarded as being toward or near the upper end or part of

  1. :  one in a high or advantageous position

    :  an upward slope

    :  a period or state of prosperity or success

  1. :  to rise from a lying or sitting position

    :  to move upward :  ascend

    : used with and and another verb to indicate that the action of the following verb was either surprisingly or abruptly initiated

sleeveplay
  1. :  a part of a garment covering an arm

    :  sleevelet

    :  a tubular part (as a hollow axle or a bushing) designed to fit over another part


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